Italian League: Manager Allegri relieved as struggling Juventus beat Lazio

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to seal a hard-fought 2-1 win for Juventus against Lazio in Rome on Sunday to pull 11 points clear in Serie A. Juventus had trailed after an Emre Can own-goal after an hour before substitute Joao Cancelo pulled the champions level and then earned the penalty which Ronaldo slotted in with two minutes to go. An eighth straight Serie A title beckons for Massimiliano Allegri’s side who soar clear of second-placed Napoli who were held to a goalless draw at AC Milan on Saturday.Related News “It must have been the kitman’s fault, giving us 10 shirts of different colours because we couldn’t pass the ball to each other,” said Allegri. “For sixty minutes it was the worst Juventus of the year,” continued captain Giorgio Chiellini. “Paradoxically, after the goal disadvantage we found the motivation to win it. We’ve got players who make the difference. [Goalkeeper Wojciech] Szczesny kept us on our feet, we were lethal in the end.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Kane, Ron do the ‘trick Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Euro 2020 qualifiers: Portugal through after 2-0 winlast_img read more

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Kevin De Bruyne returns as Man City kick off title defence

first_imgRed-hot battle on cards! Live on TV West Ham v City: 17:00 Spurs v Aston Villa: 22:00 *Both matches on Star Sports Select 1, 1 HD, Select 2 & 2 HD Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Will dive again, jokes Liverpool’s Sadio Mane after Pep Guardiola criticism London: Kevin De Bruyne can’t wait to play a key role in Manchester City’s bid for a third successive EPL title as the Belgian star finally returns to peak form and fitness. Pep Guardiola’s side start their title defence at West Ham today with De Bruyne providing a reassuring presence for the champions. City have bolstered their treble-winning squad with the club record signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, while also adding Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo. But the prospect of De Bruyne driving City forward from midfield is a mouthwatering prospect for Guardiola. The midfielder was an influential figure in City’s 2017-18 EPL title win, but he had only a bit-part role in last season’s domestic dominance due to knee and muscular injuries. “I’m fine. What happened last year happens to everybody. I have been a professional for 11 years now and had one season where I had some injuries,” De Bruyne said.Related News Manchester City lose appeal to CASlast_img read more

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Making A Career “Decision”

first_imgEnsure you are doing it with who you want to do it with. You have to like the team, your boss, the CEO, and I would say, pretty much everyone you have come in contact with during the interview process. The company is only exposing you to the best of the best, so if you don’t like the people in the interview selection, then you probably aren’t going to like them, or others later. If you don’t like the people who you work with, it will be hard to be happy. Last Thursday night, American sports fans tuned into ESPN to hear LeBron James’ decision to go to work and play for the Miami Heat. That night, it didn’t look like anyone at the Greenwich, Conn. Boys and Girls Club was happy about the decision, including LeBron. It was almost painful to watch as he announced his “decision.” Of course, there was lots of celebrating the next day in Miami, but at the point of the decision, he did not look sure or confident. This is probably not too far off from what most of us feel when we make the decision to leave one company to join another. At the moment of truth, we all waiver and wonder if we are making the right decision or not.  There is no sure-fire way to know that we have made a decision we won’t regret, but these following three principles, if answered affirmatively, will help ensure that the best decision is being made.  And yes, be glad that you don’t have to make it on national TV.Ensure you are doing what you want to do. The other day I was coaching an executive who was getting ready to change companies to take a job doing what he is currently doing. He had the hope that one day, further in the future, he will get an opportunity to shift careers and get to do what he wants to do. I asked him how happy he was going to be continuing doing what he doesn’t like. He said he wouldn’t be for long. I pushed back on him and encouraged him to rethink the decision to change companies because if you aren’t happy doing what you are doing, you just won’t be happy very long regardless of what the company is where you are employed. Ensure you are doing it where you want to do it. I know people who have moved for jobs, thinking that they will learn to like or love the town where they are relocating. But, let’s face it, if we don’t come home to friends, social activities, restaurants, shopping, neighborhoods, churches, etc. where we can feel comfortable and like, then we will stay in the office longer and before long, that will get old. Early in my career, I used to travel back almost every weekend to Cincinnati where my friends were.  I did this because I had changed jobs and was living in too small of a town in Connecticut and at every chance I could get, I bolted.  Over time, it did not bode well for my job performance or my engagement with the company. Fortunately, I was transferred in a year to someplace where I started to have more fun and enjoy where I was living.  Had I not, I doubt I would have lasted long in the company.Few ever get fortunate enough to get the payday of LeBron James, but it doesn’t really matter in the criteria for a good job change decision. If any of the ones above are not right for LeBron, the Miami Heat won’t be the last place he works in the NBA.last_img read more

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The Power Of Social Network Transparency

first_imgThis ‘us against them’ thing has really gotten out of hand. We live in an ‘Occupy Everything’ world where 24/7 transparency is occasionally clipped by anonymity and the Anonymous movement to disrupt supposed social injustices while complaints of retaliation by employers trumped race for the second consecutive year, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.Now breathe and let’s start again…In the world of work, whether you’re looking for a new job or looking for advancement within, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.But no matter what you do, I beg of you to just be you. In fact, be a personally responsible you, even if the reality is you must post anonymously about a company you worked for, liked it or not. I understand that flies in the face of dealing with greater social injustice – sometimes you’ve got to fight fire with fire – but we’re talking about the power of network transparency here and how you can use it to benefit you and your career (and those you influence).For example, Glassdoor launched their newest job-seeking tool called Inside Connections, which leverages your Facebook friends to help you then quickly uncover who you know inside specific companies you’re interested in. This includes connecting all of Glassdoor’s job and career-related information with your Facebook friends’ companies – like company reviews, CEO ratings, salary reports and interview questions and reviews.Glassdoor isn’t the only career management service leveraging the power of the Facebook network. And according to a recent article in The Economist, here’s why:Facebook knows a staggering amount about its users. It is also constantly devising ways to find out more, such as Timeline, a new profile page that encourages people to create an online archive of their lives. The company mines users’ data to work out what they like and then hits their eyeballs with spookily well-targeted ads. Last year it overtook Yahoo! to become the leading seller of online display ads in America.Holy cow – we’re talking about nearly one billion users soon, or one in seven of the world’s population. That’s pretty amazing when you think about 10 years ago when the mainstream wasn’t really jazzed by online user groups or even really searching for a job online.Today, if you’ve got your more professional online portable profile ready to go on LinkedIn, you definitely need to get your professional personality shining brightly on Facebook, right next to your cute little kid pictures, like me.Should you diligently and regularly be checking your privacy settings on any social network you participate on? Of course you should. And if you’ve ever received a hot job tip or referral from a friend who works on the inside of where you’d might like to be, then be diligent and regularly check yourself for what you’re sharing on any social network you participate on.I don’t know about you, but anonymous or not, expect me (and nothing else).last_img read more

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Hazard drops another Madrid hint & rules out Man Utd

first_imgEden Hazard admits he would still like to join Real Madrid but says he would not be tempted to move to Manchester United, even if Zinedine Zidane took charge.The Belgium international has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu for some time and has previously expressed an interest in a switch to La Liga.Hazard says the departure of childhood idol Zidane as head coach at the end of last season would not necessarily influence his plans, but has suggested he could still commit his future to Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Would I like to sign for Real Madrid? Why not?” he told France Football. “I have never heard from Zidane and if he goes to Manchester United tomorrow, for example, I would not be there.”Real Madrid without Zidane is different, but it is still Real Madrid. “I’ve won everything in England, except the Community Shield, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to leave. I’ve always said that I want to try something different after England, but there are things that might make me stay.”Hazard was initially tipped to leave Chelsea last season amid suggestions of a poor relationship with head coach Antonio Conte, who was replaced by Maurizio Sarri prior to the start of 2018-19.The Italian has admitted that the club have been keen to extend the Belgian’s deal at Stamford Bridge, that expires in 2020, saying that discussions have been taking place “every week”.Goal understands a five-year contract is on the table for Hazard if and when he decides to remain with the club, and that he’ll become their highest earner on upwards of £300k per week.The 28-year-old has been in impressive form this term, with 10 goals and 10 assists in 22 appearances in the Premier League, despite being used recently in a false nine role, one which he disliked playing under Conte.10+ – Eden Hazard (10 goals and 10 assists) is one of two players in the Top 5 European Leagues to have both scored and assisted 10 or more goals in league play this season – the other is Lionel Messi (16 goals and 10 assists). Phenom. pic.twitter.com/5F1ZWFiYi5— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 12 January 2019Hazard claims he has always been a source of frustration for his managers, however, and sees no reason why that will change regardless of the standard of his displays.”I didn’t only frustrate Conte,” he said. “In my career, I’ve frustrated all my coaches. And here, Sarri, I still frustrate him. [Jose] Mourinho, I frustrated him.”They think I need to score more, to do more here, more of that. The next one I have, I’ll frustrate him, too.”Indeed, Hazard believes he may be different to the rest of the world’s elite players as he is not obsessed with goals and silverware.”I may be apart from the best players in the world. The best think goals, passes, trophies. I’ve never been like that. So, yes, maybe,” he said.”In professional football, there are a lot of players like me, who want to have fun.”However, the former Lille star still believes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo must be considered a cut above the rest given their success over the last decade.”I’ve been at their table for a long time!” he added. “Even if it’s only been six months, I’ve had good form since the World Cup. I feel like that, even in the eyes of the fans.”Before, in their eyes, it was: ‘Yes, he’s a very good player, but can he be among the greatest?’. But there is a moment where you have to keep your feet on the ground. For what they have done in the last 10 years, you can’t be compared to them, it’s impossible.”last_img read more

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Arsenal will miss out on top four to Man Utd – Petit

first_imgArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit is not expecting his former club to secure a return to next season’s Champions League and has questioned the attitude of Unai Emery’s players ahead of their trip to Manchester City on Sunday.Speaking exclusively to Goal, Paddy Power ambassador Petit has backed Manchester United to join Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham in the lucrative top four positions, as he suspects Arsenal’s inconsistencies will prove to be their undoing.Emery’s side face the ultimate test of their credentials this weekend as they take on title-chasing City at the Etihad Stadium, with Petit fearing a woeful run, that has seen Arsenal lose three of their last four away games in the Premier League, will deliver another dent to their ambitions on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “How can you say Arsenal have a chance in an away match against City when you see the way they have played away from home this season?” said Petit.”They play so well to beat Tottenham and Chelsea at home and then lose to Southampton, West Ham and Liverpool in horrible away performances. This is not the results of a team that will finish in the top four. “When I look at Manchester City and Liverpool, they play with the same style at home as they do away and that is not the case for Arsenal this season.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester UnitedPetit went on to predict Manchester United’s revival under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will secure them a top-four finish this season, as he argues Jose Mourinho should have been replaced earlier.”All the teams chasing the top four positions are feeling the breath of Manchester United on their shoulders and I would expect them to find a way to finish in the top four,” declares Petit.”Chelsea and Arsenal have shown inconsistency this season and yet we have seen a very different United since Solskjaer replaced Mourinho and I believe they have the talent in their squad to continue to win games.”Tottenham are looking good to finish in the top four, but if I had to pick a team to get the final qualifying place for next season’s Champions League, it would be United. “They have had a great winning run and have closed a big gap that opened up between them and the other teams in the top six, with their 1-0 away win at Tottenham sending out a big message that they are coming back.”The big games against your main rivals are so important, so when you see United winning at Wembley and then beating Arsenal in the FA Cup at Emirates Stadium, it is a big statement from Solskjaer and those players that they are ready to go again.”Maybe what we have seen since his sacking is proof that Mourinho could have been sacked earlier because this is another example of a team showing they hold all the power. You can be the best manager in the world, but if you do not have your players behind you 100 per cent, they will make you look bad.”You cannot sack 11 players and it is always easier to sack a manager. In this case, the decision was easy to make because clearly the United players were not happy with Mourinho and they have shown that even more now that he has gone.”Paul Pogba Man Utd 2019Petit suggests his compatriot Paul Pogba is “a symbol” of the United revival under Solskjaer, as he believes the French World Cup winner is on a mission to rebuild his reputation following a turbulent spell under Mourinho’s command.”He is a different player, but we all know that Pogba only performs at his best when he is loved,” states Petit.”He likes the attention and wants the affection from everyone. He wants to be given responsibility and to be the key man in the team and when he gets it, he can be a beautiful player who is very influential and a leader.”As soon as there is trouble, as soon as he decides he is not happy with a manager at a club, he doesn’t care anymore. Players like Pogba know they have the power now. They control a manager, they control a club and they will not share that power. This has been proved time and again now.”Mourinho didn’t have the power at United and he went to war with the players to try and show he was the boss. That power is not with a manager like this anymore. A manager needs to get his players working for him and Mourinho never managed that at United.”Emmanuel Petit is a Paddy Power ambassador and you can read his views at news.paddypower.comlast_img read more

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Christine Lagarde keeps IMF job, escapes penalty after negligence conviction in France

first_imgInternational Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde escaped punishment and kept her job on Monday despite a conviction on negligence charges over a state payout made while she served as France’s finance minister in 2008.The executive board representing the IMF’s 189 member countries reaffirmed its full confidence in Lagarde’s ability to lead the crisis lender, hours after the verdict was issued by a panel of judges in Paris with no fine or jail term.Lagarde told reporters at IMF headquarters that she would not appeal the decision after vigorously fighting the charge since she took the IMF’s helm in 2011.”I have been held negligent, but without penalty, without sanction, without registration of the decision,” she said. “I am not satisfied with it, but there’s a point in time when one has to just stop, turn the page and move on and continue to work with those who have put their trust in me.”WHAT THE JUDGES SAIDIn Monday’s ruling, the judges did not find negligence in Lagarde’s decision to seek an out-of-court settlement with tycoon Bernard Tapie, but they said her failure to contest the award to him of about 400 million euros ($417 million) was negligent and led to a misuse of public funds.The lead judge on the case, Martine Ract Madoux, explained the absence of any sentence by citing Lagarde’s preoccupation with the 2008-09 financial crisis that was raging at the time of the payout as well as her strong international reputation. The charge could have carried a maximum one-year prison sentence.advertisementU.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew called Lagarde a “strong leader,” adding: “We have every confidence in her ability to guide the fund at a critical time for the global economy.”Also read:IMF chief Christine Lagarde found guilty of negligence in French payout trial But the conviction may still work against Lagarde in her campaign to push back against a wave of protectionist sentiment and populist mistrust of public officials. She has called on IMF member countries to better promote the benefits of trade and globalization and adopt policies that combat growing inequality.’WILL FOCUS ON MY MISSION AS HEAD OF IMF’Reappointed to a five-year term in February, Lagarde said on Monday that she would now “focus all my attention, all my time, all my efforts, all my energy and enthusiasm to my mission as head of the IMF.”Lagarde, 60, who described the case as a five-year-long ordeal, argued in the trial last week that she had acted in good faith and with the public interest in mind.She also said she had signed off on the arbitration – against the advice of some Finance Ministry officials – to end a costly 15-year-old legal battle between the government and Tapie, a supporter of then-President Nicolas Sarkozy.Also Read:India remains bright spot in global economy: IMF chief Christine Lagarde  The case dates back to when Tapie sued the French state for compensation after selling his stake in sports company Adidas to then state-owned Credit Lyonnais in 1993.He accused the bank of defrauding him after it resold its stake for a much higher price. With the case stuck in the courts, the two sides agreed to a private settlement and Tapie was awarded a 403 million euro payout, including interest and damages.The case was only the fifth ever heard by a special French court created in 1993 to try government ministers. The court of 15 judges, including 12 lawmakers, has never handed down a firm prison sentence.last_img read more

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Young girls with bad motor driving skills are more prone to obesity

first_imgGirls who lack Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) like running, jumping etc have more chances of getting overweight than boys who lack the similar qualities, says a research.The running, catching, balancing abilities of 250 girls and boys between the age of 6-11 were evaluated.The research further went on and cross-checked the kids’ motor skills in relation with the body fat to explore the relation between the two. The kids’ habitual physical activity was also taken into consideration.The results when came out revealed that the body fat was greater in girls with low FMS than compared to boys with low FMS.”What we have found is significant because it signals a need to review the strategies we have to enhance motor proficiency in girls,” said lead researcher Mike Duncan, professor at Coventry University in Britain.”The next big question is whether developmental delays in acquiring these motor skills, whether in girls or boys, may actually be the cause of children gaining unhealthy weight status,” Duncan said.The analysis was put forward at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Conference 2016 in Nottingham, Britain.last_img read more

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Mohammad Amir expected to be fit for Boxing Day Test against Australia

first_imgPakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is expected to be fit for the second cricket Test against Australia beginning on Monday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after overcoming knee and thigh soreness.Amir was taken from the field during last week’s first Test after digging his right knee into the Gabba turf in Brisbane. Batting later in the match won by Australia by 39 runs, Amir was hit by a 152 kilometer-an-hour (94 mph) full toss from Mitchell Starc which left Amir with a bruised thigh. (Also read: Australia unchanged for second Pakistan Test at Melbourne)The left-arm Amir had his knee strapped before bowling in the nets at the MCG on Thursday, but Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower says there are no concerns about his condition.”There’s quite a bit of bruising on his thigh,” Flower said. “He’s feeling a bit stiff but he’s all right. I think our attack will probably be the same.”Tensions between Amir and Starc had been simmering throughout the innings before the delivery, which led to a heated exchange between the pair.”There was just a bit of banter going on. Just the usual,” Flower said. “I don’t think there was anything over the top. There were a couple of strong words exchanged but that’s part of the game.” (Also read: Steve Smith relieved after Australia’s great escape against Pakistan)Pakistan is also hoping for a better performance from captain Misbah ul-Haq after the 42-year-old failed with the bat in both innings – scoring just 4 and 5 – in Brisbane.advertisement”He is going through a bit of a trot but he’s been through these periods before and he’s a class player,” Flower said. “He’s got the mental strength and resilience to come back and I’m sure a good innings is just around the corner.”Australia barely hung on for the Gabba win, giving Pakistan hope for the Melbourne match and a third test to follow in Sydney beginning Jan. 3.At Brisbane on the fifth day, Asad Shafiq led the Pakistan tail-enders from 173/5 to 449/8 in pursuit of the improbable target of 490, scoring 137 from 207 balls before he was caught at gully.Four balls and one run later, skipper Steve Smith threw down the stumps from second slip to run out Yasir Shah for 33. That ensured Australia maintained its unbeaten at the Gabba since 1988.last_img read more

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Dele Alli double for Tottenham ends Chelsea’s winning streak

first_imgTottenham Hotspur denied Chelsea a record 14th consecutive Premier League win and loosened their grip on the title race as two Dele Alli headers secured a 2-0 victory at a rocking White Hart Lane on Wednesday.After Tottenham’s own title dream last season ended in a tumultuous 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in May, there was a particular satisfaction that they stopped the Chelsea bandwagon. (Festive fixtures complaints due to Chelsea form, says Antonio Conte)Arsenal still hold the record for consecutive Premier League wins although their streak included 13 at the end of 2001-02 and one more at the beginning of the following campaign.”We knew that defeat could happen before the game but I think today I saw a game with a good balance and they scored a goal at the end of the first-half and the second goal in our best moment,” Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said. (Liverpool’s Lovren optimistic ahead of United, Chelsea clashes)”It is a pity to stop this run, but Tottenham is a good team, a really strong team and I think is for sure one of the teams that can fight for the title until the end.”Conte’s side were not at their best although there was little between the sides in a high-tempo derby that thankfully never descended into the kind of indiscipline that resulted in 12 bookings in the Bridge battle of last season.The 50th Premier League clash between the London rivals was an engrossing tactical affair with chances at a premium.advertisementIn the end it was decided by two carbon-copy goals either side of halftime — both created by the precision of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen. (Harry Kane and Dele Alli strike twice as Tottenham crush Watford)Eriksen was a whisker away from giving his side the lead midway through the first half with shot that flew just wide.Yet it was one of his trademark deliveries that led to Tottenham’s opener in first-half stoppage time.Given too much time to pick his spot, he whipped in a right-footed cross that Alli headed past Thibaut Courtois.Chelsea upped the pace at the start of the second half and Eden Hazard wasted their best chance when he stooped to head a bouncing ball wide at the far post under no pressure.Alli showed him how to do it minutes later when Eriksen again sent in a lethal cross and the young England midfielder found too much space to head past Courtois. (Tottenham keen to deny Chelsea record win, says Harry Kane)After a slow start to the season Alli now has 10 goals and has netted seven in his last four games.Tottenham’s fifth consecutive victory lifted them from fifth to third with 42 points from 20 games, ahead of Man City on goal difference and one point above Arsenal.Chelsea, who could have set a new record for consecutive wins during a single season, still lead second-placed Liverpool by five points after 20 games with Tottenham seven adrift.last_img read more

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Will Ajay Shirke’s phone call to England cricket boss land him in legal trouble?

first_imgFormer BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke may have invited legal trouble by making a phone call to his ‘good friend’ Giles Clarke, who also happens to be the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Shirke expressed concerns over BCCI’s ability to host the the limited-overs leg of the ongoing England  tour of India.WATCH VIDEOSources have confirmed to India Today that the Lodha Committee is likely to make the correspondence between BCCI and ECB over Shirke’s phone call to ECB a part of their submissions to the Supreme Court in the next hearing. (Also read: Sacked BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke raised doubts over India-England series)Shirke after losing his BCCI post following the January 2 Supreme Court order made yet another attempt to build some uncertainty around the ongoing India-England series. This came to light via an email correspondence made between ECB head Giles Clarke and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri accessed by India Today. Clarke inquired of BCCI their readiness for the tour. “I have received calls from Mr.Shirke who I understand is no longer BCCI Secretary. Can you please confirm to me that the England team will continue to be looked after by the BCCI in the usual fashion,with proper security,player daily allowance payments,hotel bills covered and the like,with transport organised at all times,” he writes.Johri promptly responded and alleyed Clarke’s fears. Additionally, the BCCI CEO sent out another e-mail to Clarke on January 7 inquiring about the rest of his communication with the ‘former BCCI Secretary’ to ‘assuage any concerns ECB may have’. (Also read: I was concerned about India-England series, didn’t try to sabotage it: Ajay Shirke to India Today)advertisementClarke clarified, “His concern was the BCCI and relevant association having funds and expertise to manage security and safety of our players,and transport, allowances,all usual issues for a tour.”While Shirke did not ask the ECB to cancel the tour in as many ways, he may have some explaining to do to the Supreme Court for raising doubts over the BCCI’s organisational abilities which prompted the English board to write to the BCCI. The court order has empowered the CEO to run the show till administrators are appointed on January 19. (Also read: So called obstructions removed, sure Lodha reforms will be implemented smoothly: Ajay Shirke to India Today)In an interview with India Today, Shirke confirmed having spoken with Clarke. However, he played down the phone call and said it was a friendly conversation. “I communicate with Giles Clarke many times. This was in a personal capacity and my concerns over the series was following the BCCI having no office bearers from the President, Secretary. Also the Jt Secretary is not allowed to do Secretarial duties after the clarification from Supreme Court on January 3.”Shirke’s former colleague in the BCCI, Anurag Thakur has already been sent a perjury notice by the Supreme Court for an conversation he had with the ICC Chairman seeking a letter that would show one of the reform measures of the Supreme Court in poor light.last_img read more

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(Reopens MDS3)

first_imgMeanwhile, a Coimbatore report said tension prevailed in some parts of the city following gathering of people in large numbers to witness Jallikkattu, as planned by various organisations today.A posse of police rushed to the spot, where they found over 500 persons ready with 15 bulls to conduct the sport. After much persuasion by senior police officials, people left the place, police said.Tension prevailed in Alagumalai in nearby Tirupur district, when over 500 persons arrived to conduct Jallikkatu with some bulls.Amid the presence of large number of police, the people released five bulls, as a symbol of observation of the traditional sport, police said.Meanwhile, nearly 1,000 people gathered at VOC Park grounds here and raised slogans in support of Jallikkattu.They also protested against the recent arrest of Jallikkattu supporters in Madurai.Police used force to disperse people in Shoolamangalam near Attur in Salem district, when they tried to conduct the bull taming sport.Protesting against the police action, some villagers sat on dharna at the venue and some pelted stones at police.However, the situation was brought under control, police said. PTI NVM RC ARKlast_img read more

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Jallikattu a cultural symbol: Vishwanathan Anand

first_imgChennai, Jan 19 (PTI) As protests for conducting Jallikattu continued state-wide, five time World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand extended his support to holding the bull taming sport, saying it was a cultural symbol. “#jallikattu is a cultural symbol. Respect it. Im all for animal rights but here that is not the point. tradition & livelihood are”, the chess legend wrote in his official micro-blogging site Twitter. “my state rises again. In unison. In peace. Proud to be a #tamizhanda. Genext here are modern yet culturally rooted #JusticeforJallikattu”, Anand who hails from Chennai, said. Thousands of jallikattu supporters, including celebrities from the film industry and cricketers have extended support to the protesters, who have flocked to Marina beach here, besides staging protests across Tamil Nadu in support of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day had said that his government would take steps to hold the banned event with the backing of the Centre. PTI VIJ APR RGlast_img read more

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Manchester United cannot buy to weaken rivals anymore: Jose Mourinho

first_imgThe days of Manchester United weakening their Premier League rivals by poaching their best players are a thing of the past, manager Jose Mourinho has said.United, who have bought Robin van Persie from Arsenal and Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur in the past, have not brought in a player from a top-four rival since signing Juan Mata from Chelsea in January 2014. (Also read: I have biggest job but it’s a tough one, says Jose Mourinho)”Football has changed in the three years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. This is the new football. Do you think I can go to Tottenham and buy two players to kill Tottenham? I can’t,” Mourinho told British media.”I cannot go to Arsenal and buy their two best players, or go to Chelsea and bring two of the players that I love. That time is over. The situation where you could start to become the champions by attacking your opponents is over in this country.”If you get a player from a top club, you only get a player those clubs don’t want to keep. You cannot attack your rivals any more. It used to be that when one of the big clubs was getting stronger, another of the big clubs was getting weaker.”United, who are sixth in the table, travel to face struggling league champions Leicester City later today.last_img read more

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Prince George to attend a school that doesn’t allow kids to have best friends

first_imgIt’s time for Prince George to start going to school. And as expected, royal family members weren’t going to let him go to just about any school, now, were they?The little prince is set to join a new private day school, where the first rule is to “be kind”. The whole “being kind” theory also entails the child not picking a best friend, in an order to not hurt other classmates’ feelings.Prince George, aged three, will join Thomas’ Battersea, in September this year. The same was announced to the world through social media yesterday:The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that Prince George will attend Thomas’s Battersea School in London from September 2017.- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 24, 2017This mixed-gender day school that Prince George will be attending charges Pounds 5,653 (Rs 4,60,868) per term and focus majorly on the arts, sports and importance of outdoor activities.A spokesman for Kensington Palace said, “Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education.”This will also be the first time a prince from Britain’s royal family will be attending a mixed-gender school, as opposed to the all-boys schools his father and grandfather studied in.Thomas’ school said it was honoured that its aims and values “reflect those that Their Royal Highnesses would like for Prince George’s education”.In a message, they told parents, “The Duke and Duchess have made it clear that they do not wish Prince George’s attendance at Thomas’s to change its aims, values or ethos in any way. They would like, as far as is possible, for him to enjoy the same education that all of our pupils receive and for them to join the school community as all of our new parents do.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Science of Giving 4: Do donation pledges ease the pain of parting with our money?

first_imgOver the past few weeks, I’ve been blogging the fascinating book, The Science of Giving, which covers a range of seminal studies about giving psychology. As noted in previous posts, the book is packed with interesting findings for fundraisers and nonprofit marketing folks, but the content is in the form of academic research papers. I urge you to read the book, but if you don’t have the time or means, enjoy my ongoing “Cliffs Notes” version.Today we’re taking on the chapter on precommitment to charity by Tom Meyvis, Aronte Bennett and Daniel M. Oppenheimer. The researchers point out that most people state they wish they gave more to charity than they do. They posit that one of the reasons is the pain of parting with one’s money. So they ask: can you reduce this pain – and increase donations – by having people precommit to giving? In other words, does pledging money help people start to pyschologically distance themselves from their money – and therefore ease the act of giving? The idea is to take away the immediate temptation to spend the money in other ways – and to remove the giver from the “pain of paying.”Think of some examples of this type of principle in action: Your 401K or United Way paycheck deduction or pledging to Jerry Lewis’s telethon or donating the points you’ll accrue on your credit card in the future.The reason this works, say the authors, is that it’s easier to contemplate a sacrifice in the abstract, in advance, rather than at a concrete level in the present. If you’ve ever dieted, you get this. The researchers note it’s easier to choose to dine in a restaurant with no tempting desserts rather than to deny yourself a tempting dessert at a restaurant. We find it harder to deny ourselves an immediate benefit than one that is further in the future. (Impress your friends and name this phenomenon: hyberbolic discounting.) We want to give to charity – and love the feeling of altruism – but it’s like dieting for better health. It’s easier to give away money mentally ahead of time than in a moment when there are other temptations.At this point in the chapter, I began to ask: but what about the fact that giving is often an emotional, impulsive act? Why would you want to create any delays in the act of giving? If we get a “warm glow” from the act of pledging or giving, will that feeling still be there when the money goes out of our account weeks later? The authors take up this question, and point out that there’s a difference between donating money we have right now and pledging money we theoretically will have in the future. With the former, it’s too late to ask for a precommitment. The authors note precommitment is great for encouraging future giving, but it’s not a great tool for people with money to donate right now.The authors tested their theories with three experiments.1. Participants were entered in a raffle to win $25 and asked to decide in advance whether to have any winnings donated to the United Way or to get the $25 in cash, which they could then donate to any charity. Interestingly, even though the latter option involved choice, 40% of people opted to have the money pass to the United Way directly. 2. In the next experiment, participants were asked to imagine they held a lottery ticket with a chance of winning $100. How much were they willing to donate if they won? Some were told they had a 90% chance of winning the lottery and others were told they had a 10% chance. The idea was to test the mental distance of the lower chances of winning. The researchers also included some “mindset manipulation” exercises to get people in as abstract a state of mind as possible. As expected, people were more likely to precommit to giving as the probability of winning decreased, though the exercises alone didn’t seem to have the same effect. 3. In the last experiment, researchers manipulated the distance from the donation rather than the money. They wanted to see if (as I’d expect) it was a bad idea to ask for precommitment when people had money to donate right away. So they told participants they’d won the lottery and asked them how much they’d donate now vs. pledge two months from now. The delayed option resulted in less donated. As the researchers note:Pledging to later donate future earnings may be less painful than donating money now. But pledging to later donate current earnings may be more painful than donating money now.The bottom line? Pledges work great if they are about “future money.” In the here and now – and especially on days like December 29 – ask for the immediate gift.last_img read more

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How should you think about mobile? Here are some answers.

first_imgAs I mentioned recently, I’ve been working on free e-guide to mobile strategy in a partnership between Network for Good and Convio. It is now available! Download it here.This guide walks you through the right questions to ask in considering mobile, the basics of a mobile strategy and tips on implementation.Enjoy! Marketing Nonprofit Marketing Bloglast_img

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5 Ways to Make a Great First Impression on New Email Subscribers

first_imgStrike while the iron’s hot.With these 5 ideas in mind, you’re ready to reach out to your new contacts make a great first impression. By putting in the effort and investing time and energy in relationships right from the start, your new contacts will reward you with loyalty that will drive you to success for years to come. 3. Nurture new relationships with an Autoresponder seriesAutoresponder is a tool that lets you create a series of personalized, automated emails that are sent to a contact after they are added to a list. Similar to a Welcome Email, the benefit of Autoresponder is that you can “set it and forget it.” You choose the frequency in which you reach out to your contacts, design a series of emails, and add relevant contacts to this list.An Autoresponder is especially useful for new contacts because you’re ensuring they receive a great introduction to your organization right from the start. You could start by telling your organization’s story, then provide valuable case studies to show the difference you’re making, and finish you’re your series by encouraging your new contacts to get involved.4. Ask for more informationAs a nonprofit, you know that data can play a big role in achieving success. Asking your new contacts for information about themselves will help you know more about your audience and the best ways to reach them.Use an online survey to collect demographic information about your audience. If you added a group of contacts after an event, follow up by asking them for feedback on the event and how you can improve in the future. Allowing them to share their feedback will make them feel more invested in what you’re doing.This is also a great chance to ask questions that will give you a better sense of what your new contacts are interested in, how often they want to hear from you, and how they found out about your organization.5. Show off your social sideIf your contacts are joining your email list, there’s a good chance they’re looking to stay up-to-date on all the things you have going on. For nonprofits with an active social media presence, emails provide the perfect opportunity to point to your social media channels as well.Promoting your social channels to new contacts gives them the ability to peruse your older content and catch up on what your organization has been up to recently. That way, even if they haven’t been familiar with your organization for long, they’ll have a better sense of your recent initiatives.Add buttons to your social media channels at the bottom of each email you send out. You can also add a share bar to every email, so readers can share your emails to their own sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Here’s how Strong Women Strong Girls promoted their social presence in a recent email: We all know relationships don’t happen overnight.Busy nonprofits have to work hard to nurture and retain relationships with their supporters, donors, and volunteers to ensure the success of their organization and to further their cause.Long-lasting relationships start with a great first impression.One of the easiest and most effective ways your nonprofit can start off in the right direction is to provide a great follow up experience for your new email subscribers.Let’s look at some of the things you organization can do:1. Give a warm welcomeOne of easiest ways to keep the momentum going with a new contact is to send a Welcome Email. With Constant Contact, you can customize your Welcome Email with your own branding, logo, and content. Each time a new contact joins your list, they will automatically receive your Welcome Email.Consider incorporating these 4 elements in your Welcome Email as well:A warm and friendly introductionSummary of what to expect in future mailingsA guarantee of data privacy and securityPersonal signature with contact detailsHere’s everything you need to know about designing a great welcome email.2. Offer a thank you and a next stepThanking new subscribers for their interest shows how much their support means to you. The best thank you will clearly articulate why their support matters, and give them the opportunity to get involved right away.Think about how you can thank your audience in a unique and heartfelt way. Consider creating a short 30-second video to show your appreciation, or snapping a fun photo of you and your staff.Then, come up with some ideas to encourage your subscribers to take action. You can test out what works best – maybe you want to ask for a small donation right at the start, or just encourage new subscribers to forward this to a friend so you can grow your list further.Fogo Fund encourages new subscribers to get involved by printing out a flyer and posting it in their community. This small ask is a great way to spread the word within different communities.last_img read more

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Report: Mariners 2 Melbourne City 1

first_imgA late winner from captain Matt Simon saw Central Coast Mariners end their 10-match losing streak in the A-League with a 2-1 home victory over Melbourne City.Lachlan Wales had seemingly secured City a share of the spoils and broken Mariners hearts 13 minutes from time by heading an equaliser but Simon struck in the 89th minute – converting the rebound after his penalty was saved – to earn a first win of the campaign at the 13th attempt.After an even opening, Connor Pain put the Mariners in front just after the half-hour mark, producing a tidy finish into the bottom-right corner from the centre of the area following Matthew Millar’s fine run and pass on the right. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! City finished the first half on top, but Nathaniel Atkinson and Scott Jamieson saw chances go begging in the final five minutes.The Mariners began the second period well and Millar almost got them a second, heading wide from a Tom Hiariej free-kick.City were more prominent in possession, but still the better chances fell to the Mariners – Pain seeing an effort hit the post before being stopped on the line, and Jordan Murray shot wide when through on goal soon after.And City took advantage, as Wales headed Florin Berenguer’s corner in at the near post, but Mariners pushed forward again and were duly rewarded.Simon was clumsily tripped in the box by Rostyn Griffiths, and even though Eugene Galekovic saved the initial spot-kick, the Mariners’ captain made no mistake at the second attempt.Absolute SCENES in Gosford!Matty Simon’s 89th minute strike and Connor Pain’s opener deliver our dedicated fans, all three points! #CCMvMCY #CCMFC #ALeague pic.twitter.com/uHrysalqVP— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) January 16, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgChennai, Sep 16 (PTI):Following are the programmes toChennai, Sep 16 (PTI):Following are the programmes to be telecast by the Chennai Doordarshan Kendra on September,Sunday,17TH, 2017. PODHIGAI 0530 SIRUVATTA OLIPARAPPU Narrowcasting Programme 0600 ARULAE AANANDHAMAE 0630 SANTHOSHAMAAI VAAZHA – Sponsored Programme 0700 – 0900 : KAALAI THENDRAL (Breakfast Show – LIVE) – KANDAEN SAKTHI PEEDANGALAI – VAANAGAMAE VAIYAGAMAE – TAMIZH AMUDHAM – NAM VIRUNDHINAR (Our Guest) – SEIDHIGAL Sponsored Programme – SAT – C 0900 ADHI NAVEENA MARUTHUVAM – Sponsored Programme 0930 VELICHAM 1000 SEIDHIGAL 1005 MALARUM NINAIVUGAL 1030 KUTTIES GALATTA 1100 PATTIMANDRAM 1200 SEIDHIGAL 1205 MATINEE SHOW – LIVE (Variety Entertainment) 1330 SAAPIDA VAANGA 1400 SEIDHIGAL 1415 PAATTU VARUM 1430 OORAI SUTTRI PAARKKALAAM VAANGA – Sponsored Programme DD – 1 & PODHIGAI 1500 FEATURE FILM IN TAMIL 1600 SEIDHIGAL 1603 Feature film Continued… 1730 ULAGAM INDHA VAARAM – World this Week 1800 BHAKTHI MAALAI 1830 SEIDHIGAL 1845 ULAVARUM OLIKKADHIR – Cultural Round Up PODHIGAI 1900 RANGOLI 2000 SEIDHIGAL 2030 ENGA OORU SPECIAL 2100 BSNL – SPORTS QUIZ – Phone-in LIVE 2200 SEIDHIGAL 2215 EDHIROLI 2245 PAATTU VARUM 2300 FEATURE FILM (Repeat Telecast of evening film) PTI DK MAVlast_img read more

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